Youngest of a famous Sussex dynasty January 4, 2005

Richard Langridge dies

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Richard Langridge batting for Sussex against Yorkshire in the 1963 Gillette Cup © Getty Images
Richard Langridge, who played 212 matches for Sussex between 1957 and 1971, has died after a short battle against cancer. He was 65.

A top-order left-hand batsman, Langridge scored 8310 runs at 22.89, including five hundreds. He was a member of the team which won the Gillette Cup in 1963 and 1964, and was on the losing side in the 1970 final.

Langridge topped 1000 runs in five seasons, with his best aggregate coming in 1961 when he made 1675 at 26,58. He took a break from the game between 1967 and 1969, before returning to play two final seasons with the county.

Langridge was one of the family which played such an important part in Sussex's history, His father, James, played eight Tests for England and made almost 600 appearances for the county, and his uncle, John, was named in the touring party for the 1939-40 series against India which never took place.